I can't live without toe shoes. First, of course, they feel great. I feel alive again, adventuresome, like a kid, with these on my feet. Rocks and other sharp things almost never bother me, but then my feet are pretty tough even barefoot. My balance is vastly improved over hiking boots or even running shoes. For instance, on daily dog runs in the woods, I have to cross a wide creek on two old downed trees that are narrow and very slippery. In hiking boots, I can barely do it, and feel about to fall in every step. In toe shoes, I scamper across like a squirrel; the soles conform to the rounded wood and I am in communication with the log surface. I feel in control of my body instead of at the mercy of outside forces. Hiking boots feel like wearing cement blocks; no feeling, minimal balance. But the truly miraculous thing about toe shoes is how they immediately and completely eradicate a foot problem I've had for at least 20 years that I attribute to a circulation issue. In other shoes, my feet ache so badly coming down from a hike I'm surprised I've kept hiking. No doctor has been remotely helpful about it or even understood. I think it is buildup of fluid. In toe shoes, your sole flexes and you scrunch your toes at each step, pumping fluid back up out of your feet. Anyway, the problem NEVER occurs in toe shoes, it always occurs in regular shoes, and it goes away instantly if I switch. Like everyone else, though, I wish Vibram would find ways to make these shoes more durable. They cost way too much to fall apart as fast as they do. I have the problem of the cloth wearing out between the toes that someone else described, too. I plug holes with Shoe Goo and paste material here and there, but it's not too satisfactory. The other problem is the toes catch on things, especially the little toe, which sticks/splays out too much for me. I don't think the sole needs to come up so high around the toes, and they don't need to force a splay, but rather should just allow it.